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EU launches legal case against Britain over commission post

Apo - The EU on Thursday launched a legal case against Britain for failing to nominate a commissioner, in the midst of a British election campaign already dominated by Brexit.

Catalan ex-minister Ponsati arrested in Scotland

Edinburgh - Former Catalan minister Clara Ponsati, wanted in Spain for her role in the region's unilateral bid for independence in 2017, was arrested by Scottish police on Thursday.

Sexting scandal MP quits election as wife stands against him

London - A former British government minister who resigned after sending lewd messages to two women has withdrawn from next month's election after his estranged wife was chosen to replace him.

The coffee conundrum: consumption is up but trade prices are low

London - Despite a steady increase in coffee consumption around the world, trade prices have fallen dramatically in the past three years, hitting producers. At the same time, the cost of an espresso or latte remains as full-fat as ever. What's going on?

'Shameful' for UK not to publish Russia meddling probe: Clinton

London - Hillary Clinton said Tuesday it was "shameful" that the British government had not published a delayed parliamentary report into possible Russian interference in British politics ahead of December elections.

Burger King eyes big bite of Europe market with 'veggie Whopper'

London - US fast-food giant Burger King on Tuesday launched its meatless burger in Europe, hoping to capture a substantial slice of a growing market.

A Brexit threat in Labour's heartlands?

Hartlepool - In places like eurosceptic Hartlepool in northeast England, long-held party allegiances being reshaped by Brexit could trigger a political earthquake at next month's election.

Dublin warns UK PM 'no amnesty' for soldiers in N.Ireland

Dublin - The Irish government said on Monday there must be "no amnesty" for British soldiers who committed crimes in Northern Ireland, after UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson made historic prosecutions an election campaign issue.

Pete Doherty fined, released after Paris cocaine bust

Paris - British rocker Pete Doherty was fined 5,000 euros and released from a Paris jail Saturday, two days after being caught buying cocaine, legal sources told AFP.

Moody's downgrades Britain debt outlook to negative

Washington - Credit ratings agency Moody's on Friday downgraded the outlook for Britain's debt, citing mounting policy challenges amid the Brexit debate.The agency cut the outlook to negative from stable but kept the debt at the investment grade Aa2.

Nicaraguan journalist Luis Sequeira wins Rory Peck Award

London - Nicaraguan journalist Luis Sequeira on Thursday won the prestigious Rory Peck Award, which honours freelance photo and video reporters, for his AFP coverage of recent violence that has gripped his homeland.

The Vietnamese victims of UK truck tragedy

Hanoi - British police on Friday confirmed the names of the 39 victims, who are all Vietnamese nationals, found dead in a refrigerated truck in southeast England last month.

Assange 'may die in jail', father warns

Geneva - The father of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange said Friday he worried his son would die in prison after nine years of "persecution" for daring to reveal US "war crimes".

UK police name 39 Vietnamese victims of truck horror

London - British police on Friday released the names of 39 Vietnamese people found dead in a refrigerated truck last month, including two 15-year-old boys.

EU embarrassed by incoming foreign policy chief's Twitter gaffe

Apo - The European Commission fielded questions Friday over a Twitter gaffe by its next foreign policy chief, current Spanish Foreign Minister Josep Borrell, who posted a sensitive extradition-related document from UK authorities on his feed.

Vietnam to repatriate 39 nationals found dead in UK truck

London - Vietnam said Thursday it was working to repatriate 39 bodies now identified as Vietnamese nationals found in a truck near London last month, in a case that exposed the deadly risks of illegal migration to Europe.

Britain's Labour hit by internal strife at campaign start

London - A resignation and a defection are forcing Jeremy Corbyn to confront two scourges hounding his Labour Party as it tries to unseat UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson: anti-Semitism and Brexit.

Workington Man: The swing voter in Britain's Brexit election?

Hot on the heels of Mondeo Man and Worcester Woman comes Workington Man -- the swing voter who British Prime Minister Boris Johnson needs to convince to win next month's election.

Britain's Johnson launches election campaign on opposition turf

Birmingham - British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Wednesday launched the Conservatives' election campaign in a traditional stronghold of the Labour opposition he hopes to win over by vowing to "get Brexit done".

Rapper M.I.A. gives UK concert to protest Julian Assange detention

London - Hundreds turned out Tuesday to hear rapper M.I.A. belt out some of her best-known hits at a protest concert in support of jailed WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange outside Britain's interior ministry in central London.

UK govt denies suppressing Russia meddling probe ahead of polls

London - Prime Minister Boris Johnson's government on Tuesday rejected claims it was suppressing a parliamentary report about possible Russian interference in British politics to avoid a scandal ahead of next month's snap election.

Spain re-issues international arrest warrants for 3 Catalan separatists

Madrid - Spain's Supreme Court on Tuesday issued international arrest warrants for three former Catalan regional government officials who fled abroad after the failed independence bid of 2017, court documents showed.

EU foe Farage takes Brexit poll challenge to Johnson

London - Anti-EU populist leader Nigel Farage said Monday he will field hardline Brexit candidates across Britain despite fears he could deny Prime Minister Boris Johnson a majority in next month's election.

Vietnam arrests eight over UK truck deaths

Hanoi - Vietnam has arrested eight more suspects in connection with the deaths of 39 people found in a truck in Britain who are believed to be Vietnamese, police said Monday.

Vietnam arrests eight over UK truck deaths

Hanoi - Vietnam has arrested eight more people in connection with the deaths of 39 people found in a truck in Britain who are believed to be Vietnamese, police said Monday.

British MPs vote on new speaker after Bercow's departure

London - British MPs will on Monday select the new speaker of the House of Commons, once an unremarkable event but one now charged with significance following the previous occupant's role in Brexit.

UK's Johnson 'sorry' for Brexit delay

London - British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Sunday apologised for not taking Britain out of the European Union by October 31, while Brexit figurehead Nigel Farage said he will not stand in next month's general election.

Thousands march for Scottish independence

Glasgow - Thousands rallied in Glasgow on Saturday calling for Scotland to become an independent country, with First Minister Nicola Sturgeon telling the crowds that their goal was "within touching distance".

Fracking halted in England over earthquake fears: UK govt

London - The controversial process of "fracking" will be halted in England due to the risks of triggering earthquakes when trying to tap shale gas reserves, the British government announced Saturday."After reviewing the...

UK police step up appeals over migrant lorry deaths

Belfast - British detectives probing the deaths of 39 Asian migrants in a refrigerated truck near London renewed on Friday their appeal for two brothers in the haulage business to help with the investigation.
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